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Changing Landscapes — New Renovations to ‘Tween Waters

Landscapes are changing at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, and for the better! The resort is always looking for ways to make the guest experience better, and some of us don’t love change, how could you not love an improved vacation experience?!

It started a few years ago with all new interiors on the main buildings. That includes gutting the kitchens, bathrooms and carpets, replacing them with granite counter tops, beautiful tile and glass showers and more. These room renovations have now included new mattresses for the whole resort, new furniture, updates to the cottages and a paved drive to cut down on the dirt and dust of this traditional “old Florida” property.

But changing landscapes don’t stop in the rooms. This year, the resort added a second “serenity” pool to the mix. For those opposed to the more active, loud, family-friendly, Olympic-sized pool, now adults can relax at the quiet, calm serenity pool. Renovations around the pool also include new pool chairs, umbrellas and cabanas and a tent over the kiddie pool.

I’m most excited to reveal this year’s plans now include renovations to the kitchen and dining experience! A complete overhaul to the Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest kitchen will begin June 11, and will be closed for a brief four days, with plans to return power back to Crow’s Nest on June 15. Lunch will be served at Oasis Pool Bar in the meantime. With renovations and décor redesign made to the Crow’s Nest last year, this restaurant will serve as the main dining experience until fall, when Old Captiva House will complete the full restaurant updates. You can expect a new, state-of-the-art kitchen, full reno to the dining room, chairs and tables, bar top area, and new décor all meant to provide a better, more efficient and relaxing dining experience.

What I love most about these renovations is that not a single one of them takes away from the charm, history or integrity of the resort you know and love. As National Historic Register property, there are a restrictions to décor, style and even paint color that you can use, so while the resort is adding comfort and style, they’re truly sticking to tradition.

 

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Shopping on Captiva – Resort Wear, Swimsuits, T-Shirts, Souvenirs and More

I’ve been known to take a last-minute trip or two, with no planning in advance. By “no planning,” I mean, no planning. Nada. Not even packing more than a swimsuit and a phone charger (essential!). So on a last-minute trip to ‘Tween Waters Inn (where I booked three nights and received an additional night free, plus a $50 dining credit — awesome summer sale!), I really needed some gear to get me through my trip.

I headed to the Pelican’s Roost — the on-site store next to the Marina, where they sell everything “under the sun,” including sunglasses, hats, swimsuits, cover-ups, t-shirts and more. For a seemingly small store, they were packed with fun Captiva favors. I hadn’t thought about getting a souvenir — I just wanted to grab some essentials for covering up and enjoying dinner at the Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille later.

INNSIDER TIP: While you’re at Pelican’s Roost, be sure to check out the sale items — some savings are as much as 70% off what you’d find in stores in the area!

My first purchase was a sundress; a beautiful blue dress that had straps to hide my shoulders from the sun. I found a variety of dresses, and this one perfectly matched that Captiva blue water. A floppy hat to completed my look, because let’s be honest, my hair wasn’t going to look the best after a swim in the salt water. And lastly, I grabbed a blue (that’s the color theme of this shopping trip) ‘Tween Waters Inn Captiva Island T-Shirt to sleep in, but I’m loving it so much I probably will wear more than my sundress!

Heading out the door with my purchases, shop manager Cindy asked if I’d looked at any of the Brighton sandals. For a limited time only, if you purchased one pair, the second pair was half price! Well, there went my drink budget for the night, but if I have to choose between shoes and drinks, I’ll choose shoes every day.

 

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Beach Weddings on Sanibel & Captiva Islands — Top 5 Trends You Need to Know

Sanibel Captiva Beach Wedding

I sat down with the Wedding Sales team to give me the Innside scoop on the latest beach wedding trends, in five short questions.

 

What is the average size of a beach wedding?

Out with the big affairs and in with the intimate. The cozy setting of a sunset ceremony is coupled with a fun but intimate party with close friends and family. We’re seeing average weddings of under 100 people these days, when in the past, weddings were 300 to 500 of your closest friends!

 

So give me the long and short of it. Are brides wearing traditional gowns or tea-length dresses on the beach?

It’s a brides’ prerogative to wear what she wants on her wedding. We’re still seeing a lot of long dresses out on the beach. They’re not typically the heavy, “cupcake” dresses, but more flowing, soft gowns.

Aren’t the brides hot?

A lot of brides are only on the beach for a short ceremony and photos. Then they come indoors to air conditioned rooms and evening temperatures. The trend now is to have two gowns — one for the ceremony and one for the reception. We see a lot of shorter dresses for the reception, once pictures have been taken.

 

What’s the hottest beach wedding trend you’ve seen?

We’ve seen a lot of “trash the dresses,” where the bride and groom stand in the ocean or bay and get a little wet and dirty. The photos are phenomenal, but you have to be in the moment to have this done, and you need to select a great photographer for the job. Any one of our preferred photographers would do a fantastic job.

 

You’ve spoken a lot about intimate settings — is it possible to have a big bash at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Yes! We’re willing and able to modify any wedding package to fit a brides needs. We have the opportunity to host weddings in the on-property restaurant, Captiva House — a building rich with history and charm, which can hold up to 160. We’ve hosted larger weddings on the tennis courts under beautiful tents as well.

 

Why choose to have your wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Everybody’s wedding is unique, and at ‘Tween Waters Inn, we truly strive to cater to your vision. Our venue alone, set against the backdrop of a setting sun or gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, changes hourly, making for a unique wedding every time. If a bride dreams of a stunning beach wedding, they’ll find it here.

 

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Unpack and Unwind: Take a Walk Around the Resort

Carefree Couples Innsider Walk on the Beach

You and your ‘other half’ have arrived and it’s finally time to relax. With hours of enjoyment ahead of you take off your watches because now is the time to chill and get familiar or reacquainted with the unique, ‘Tween Waters Inn you are delighted to call home while you spend time on Captiva Island.

Begin by taking a carefree stroll together around the property that stretches famously from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bay. Get some sun on your faces and a little wind in your hair while discovering the places you both want to locate and return to during your visit.

  • Head to the Oasis Pool Bar on the south side of the resort, meet the bartender, order a fruit drink, take a peak at the Bar’s restaurant menu, and spend a few moments taking in the sights.
  • Across the pool deck you’ll see the children’s area, hot tubs and the poolside Tween’s Beans shop where specialty coffee and frozen treats are served all day. Visit here also to pickup the most popular and necessary pool items ranging from cotton t-shirts to a new pair of water wings.
  • Look up to the 2nd floor to find the Spa At ’Tween Waters. Take the stairs to enter the Spa or the Resort’s Fitness Center. Make appointments if you like, and also look for the quiet lanai located beside the Spa. It’s an out of the way place where you can relax for a few minutes protected from the sun almost anytime during the day.
  • As you leave the Spa go west and you’ll be walking by the Shuffleboard and Bocce Courts, as well as directly toward the resort’s Private Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Go all the way to the beach now or save this promising adventure for another carefree walk.
  • From the entrance of the resort off Captiva Drive, look for Captiva House restaurant. This is where guests dine graciously for breakfast, and again during the evenings in gourmet-style. Step inside to make dinner reservations and browse the gift shop. Make a note of the outside seating area here that offers a place to share a meal or simply take it easy in the shade under cover. 
    INNSIDER TIP: Guests who stay two or more nights receive a $100-value resort coupon book, where they enjoy $5 off a $30 purchase or more at both T.H. Osprey Gift Shop and the Pelican’s Roost — ‘Tween Waters Inn’s on-property gift shops.
  • You have also arrived at the famous Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille located right next door. This is ‘the place’ for enjoying happy hour in the late afternoon or to take in early evening and late night entertainment along with lots of fun.
  • From the Crow’s Nest walk to the east side of the property to savor a view of the ‘Tween Waters Marina and the resort’s beautiful Bay view. Find the Canoe & Kayak Club near the Boat Ramp, then the bayside Snack Center and the Pelican’s Roost Boutique near the water offering the finest, tropical fashions you’ll want to wear.
  • The last thing to sight on this unwind tour is the picnic table with a thatched roof. This special spot overlooks the ’Tween Waters Inn view of the Bay, and is located near a charcoal grill guests may use during their visit.

You’ve now strolled past all the various buildings and secluded cottages on the property. It was a relaxing walk you will likely call on for quick reference during your ‘Tween Waters Inn visit. Best of all you are a short distance from the pool, again. This will work out great if one of you thinks it’s time for a snack or to take a carefree swim. Have fun!

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